Cedar City is a large town that sits on the edge of flat rangeland next to the heavily forested highland of the Markagunt Plateau. At an elevation of 5,800 feet, it is significantly cooler than St. George to the south.
Cedar City is a convenient base for exploring the Markagunt Plateau. In summer, the plateau offers good hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing in beautiful natural settings. In winter, Brian Head Ski Resort (30 miles northeast) offers the best snow skiing in southern Utah as well as good cross-country skiing. Cedar City also works as a somewhat more distant base for visiting Zion National Park (60 miles south) and Bryce National Park (65 miles east). In late summer, Cedar City becomes a destination itself during its popular Utah Shakespearean Festival. Other fun festivals include the Neil Simon Fest and the Midsummer Renaissance Fair.
Cedar City is located on Highway 14 just off I-15. It is 250 miles south of Salt Lake City and 170 miles north of Las Vegas. Cedar City has plenty of lodging and dining options as well as all other necessary visitor services.
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